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‘The Crown’ actor Mark Smith joins ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

Known for playing Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in the Netflix series “The Crown,” Mark Smith is set to play a “Star Wars” character. His role in the film has yet to be revealed.

Represented by UTA and Troika in the United Kingdom, Smith is joining the cast of “Star Wars: Episode IX,” sources told Variety. Currently, the ninth installment of the “Star Wars” film franchise is in production in the U.K.

“Star Wars: Episode IX” will be directed by J.J. Abrams, who co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio. The film will feature the late Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa using unreleased footage of her that were filmed for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which was released in 2015.

Fisher died in December 2016. She was 60.

Mark Hamill will be returning as Leia Organa’s twin brother Luke Skywalker. Adam Driver is reprising his role as Ben Solo/Kylo Ren, the son of Leia Organa and the late Han Solo.

Also reprising their respective roles in “Star Wars: Episode IX” are Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Billie Lourd as Lieutenant Connix, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO and Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata. The roles of new cast members Richard E. Grant, Dominic Monaghan, Keri Russell and Naomi Ackie have yet to be revealed.

Aside from “Star Wars; Episode IX,” Smith is also set to star in “Charlie Says,” “Official Secrets” and “His House.” The last film he starred in was “Patient Zero,” an action drama horror film that also stars Natalie Dormer and Staley Tucci.

Meanwhile, extras are being recruited for the filming of “The Crown” Season 3 in Spain, Forbes reported. The third season of the Netflix series will be released in 2019.

Here are Smith and his “The Crown” co-star Claire Foy talking about British tea etiquette:


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